DB Schenker Supports Aid Project on Lesbos

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DB Schenker is supporting to an aid campaign for people in need at Camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos. The privately organized undertaking is based in Essen, Germany. After making a spontaneous call for donations via social media over the Christmas period, 10 metric tons of items were received almost overnight for distribution to the people living at Camp Moria.

DB Schenker quickly decided to help and is now handling the transportation of the donated items, free of charge. Trainees at the company volunteered to spend over a week sorting and packing the aid items into more than 1,200 moving boxes prior to transportation.

“We are proud to make our contribution to help people fight the cold weather. As logistics experts with a heart, we didn’t hesitate before bringing in our expertise to this special operation. We will ensure that the donated goods reach those in need as quickly as possible,” said Mr. Oliver Seidl, Chief Financial Officer of DB Schenker.

Around 20,000 people are currently living in camps on the Greek island of Lesbos. About one third of them are children and teenagers. Several dozen NGOs are working to coordinate the distribution of care items on the island. Current weather conditions are making the situation difficult, due to a severe shortage of clothing and blankets to protect inhabitants against the cold.

One particularly challenging factor for the logistics experts was the limited options for delivering and storing the items on Lesbos. To deal with this, the freight was divided between three swap bodies: These have been donated by vehicle manufacturers KRONE, and the aid organizations have requested that they remain on the island for future use. In addition, freight forwarders Detmers has provided a portable office unit. DB Schenker is also organizing the entire transportation to Lesbos, where the aid organizations will repurpose the office container to function as an urgently needed medical station and care unit.

The route from Essen to Greece has three stages: A rail connection to Venice, a ship to the Greek mainland, then a ferry to Lesbos.

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